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Steurt Strickland, Feb. 10, 2012

Arab Spring Shot Wins World Press Photo Award…

The photo was taken Oct. 15 in a mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, that was being used as field hospital after demonstrators protesting against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed with government forces.

The winning photo shows a poignant, compassionate moment, the human consequence of an enormous event, an event that is still going on,” said chairman Aidan Sullivan. “We might never know who this woman is, cradling an injured relative, but together they become a living image of the courage of ordinary people that helped create an important chapter in the history of the Middle East.”

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/samuel-arandas-arab-spring-shot-wins-2011-world-press-photo-of-the-year/story-e6frf7m6-1226268230469
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JP Lopez, Feb. 8, 2012

Violent ‘Russian Spring’ protests could follow a Vladimir Putin victory

Russia’s presidential elections hold the potential to spark violent protests, but are unlikely to trigger a revolution, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov told a Toronto audience Tuesday.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/07/violent-russian-spring-protests-could-follow-a-vladimir-putin-victory-opposition-leader/

“You must not talk of a ‘Russian Spring’ but of ‘Russian Springs,’ I don’t know how many,” Mr. Nemtsov told the Economic Club of Canada. “Our goal is to lead to democracy and freedom and modernization in Russia, but it will take time.”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2GdrHbfql_8
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Hillary Campbell, Dec. 4, 2011

Egyptian voters disillusioned…

Islamic parties have reportedly taken an overwhelming lead in the opening round of Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since Mubarak’s fall.

http://rt.com/news/election-egypt-vote-army-979/

­The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party gained 40% of the vote, with the fundamentalist al-Nour Party claiming around 25%. However, the results are not final, as most parties are set to go through two further election rounds over the next two months. But many in the streets feel their votes will carry little weight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho5h5mMpo8k
Hillary Campbell
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Amy Sutherland, Nov. 29, 2011

Today, the 2nd day of Egypt’s landmark parliamentary election, the first since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

The turnout on the first day was massive, despite security concerns and turmoil over a deadly spate of violence in the week before the balloting. It reflects the nation’s determination to break away from the past after 10 months of frustration over how the military rulers who took over from Mubarak are handling the transition.

Excellent edition of Inside Story, from Cairo. Is the military helping or subverting the democratic transition?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZiWJK46LVs
Amy Sutherland
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Ricky Burkhardt, Nov. 28, 2011

Egypt Voting Begins In First Parliamentary Polls Since Historic Revolt: The vote, a product of Egypt’s “Arab Spring” protestes, is a milestone many Egyptians hope will usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship under Hosni Mubarak.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57331779/egypt-votes-shaky-1st-step-toward-democracy/

The vote promises to be the fairest and cleanest election in Egypt in living memory. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest and best organized group, along with its Islamist allies are expected to do well in the vote.

A ‘flash-mob’ of activists erupts on the streets of Cairo ahead of these historic elections:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMlr7f8cbd8&feature=related
Ricky Burkhardt
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Mercedes Domingues, Nov. 22, 2011

Egypt’s cabinet resigns in wake of deadly protests: the resignation comes after three days of violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Tahrir Square, but the action failed to satisfy protesters deeply frustrated with the new military rulers.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45383062/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.Tst36VZa8dU

Earlier on Monday, Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day and morgue officials told Reuters the death toll had risen to 33, making it the worst spasm of violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. More here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9zf8my3nLU&feature=player_embedded
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Ricky Burkhardt, Nov. 21, 2011

Egypt Clashes Enter 3rd Day as Military Faces Pressure—Egypt‘s military rulers struggled Monday to contain an explosion of protests demanding their ouster, as demonstrators clashed for a third successive day with security forces around Tahrir Square and new clashes broke out across the country. The ripples from Egypt’s Arab Spring are far from gone

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/world/middleeast/facing-calls-to-give-up-power-egypts-military-battles-crowds.html

Almost all the civilian parties called for an accelerated end to military rule before the drafting of a constitution

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZcWww9gBNU&feature=player_embedded
Ricky Burkhardt
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Jessie Rhodes, Nov. 9, 2011

Forecasts for a “CHINESE SPRING” :: The Chinese government has been exceptionally shrewd at monitoring and restricting its citizens’ Internet use, so far. But Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales insisted in a presentation last week that China’s government can’t keep the information out forever.

http://www.wfs.org/content/forecasts-for-%E2%80%9Cchinese-spring%E2%80%9D

Wales predicted that Chinese Internet activism will eventually galvanize a mass general strike. Once mobilized, this mass uprising would shake the whole country and destroy the reigning Communist Party. “The new generation of bloggers, Wikipedians, people on Twitter, people on social networks—they are there and they are becoming stronger.

Here’s the podcast of Jimmy Wales’ speech ath the BBC sponsored Free Thinking Festival 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b016kgfd
Jessie Rhodes
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Bert Breton, Nov. 4, 2011

Arab Spring Activists Sit Down With Silicon Valley Suits:

Last week, tech executives and Internet activists swarmed San Francisco for the first ever Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference. The two-day event focused on the increasingly complex relationship between the Internet and human rights. Access, an advocacy organization for Internet rights, hosted the conference, and drew representatives from influential players in Silicon Valley and activists arriving from revolution or government oppression in places like Egypt, Syria, Uganda, and Thailand. The event touched on issues like Internet access, freedom of speech, and corporate responsibility, but mostly just made clear that this is only the beginning of the digital rights conversation. Video coverage below…

http://news.yourolivebranch.org/2011/11/03/arab-spring-activists-sit-down-with-silicon-valley-suits/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWF1Gp4vIrQ
Bert Breton
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Ricky Burkhardt, Oct. 29, 2011

Tensions are still high in the Tunisian town whose protests started the Arab Spring.

In Sidi Bouzid violence erupted over complaints that, despite the first truly free elections in years, nothing has really changed for the people living here.

The protests began after Popular List party candidates were disqualified and their seats lost, even though many people in the town had voted for the party.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1k5l9xZq3E
Ricky Burkhardt
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